Planning bid for aerials in church

St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Ramshill.  103307j
St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Ramshill. 103307j

ONE of Scarborough’s listed buildings could have three mobile phone aerials changed if councillors approve a planning application.

The existing antennas are installed in the church tower at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Ramshill Road.

If the application for planning permission and listed building consent is successful they will be replaced with three dual user antennas.

In a report prepared by Scarborough Council’s planning manager, Jill Low, she said the application followed an agreement by Vodafone and O2 which would share the equipment while still operating independently to provide shared 3G network coverage for the Scarborough area.

She said: “The replacement antennas will be located in the same position as the existing antennas on the north, south and west elevation of the building.

“It is intended that the antennas would be painted an appropiate colour to camouflage the development.”

She added that a proposed equipment cabinet would measure 600mm by 600mm by 1,500mm and it would be inside the tower.

The church is a Grade II Listed Building and Ms Low said that it was impoertant to make sure that the development did not harm the significance of the “heritage asset”.

The matter will be discussed by the council’s Planning Committee today and it has been recommended that permission be granted.